Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The turning point for the prodigal son in the Jesus’ parable, as written in the Gospel reading for Sunday Mass this fourth week of Lent, is also the turning point for any one of us living today. The younger son of the faithful Father, we are told, came to his senses. Each human being is born with an innate sense of alignment with God, in whose image he/she is created. Each of us, even those most damaged mentally, spiritually or physically, seems to have a deep down intrinsic sense of love, truth and liveliness, and understands the difference between light and dark. Unfortunately, life happens, and like the prodigal younger son in Jesus’ parable, we can become mesmerized by the pains or passions of this world and take a twisted path in life rather than the ‘high way’ our Creator sets out for us. But even during distressing times, this sense of God is imprinted deep down in our souls, and like the morning star at dawn, it is always available to guide us back home. When I come to my senses and realize who I am as a beloved child of God, I discover my true and deeply grounding identity. It is then that I remember where I have come from, and can find my way home to the same Light, Life and Love that guided Jesus through his Ministry, his Passion, a tortuous Crucifixion and his Resurrection from the dead. Will I ground myself in my real identity at home, at work, in my community, our world, and indeed in all of my relationships? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me come to my senses! Holy Spirit of Jesus, help my family members, my co-workers, and all others in my life come to their senses and find their way home.
I sought the lord and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
Stand still, and allow the deadly restlessness of our tragic age to fall away like the worn-out, dusty cloak that it is.
Catherine Doherty, Poustinia: Encountering God in Silence, Solitude and Prayer
See the attached, First Peoples’ Delegation to Rome: A Call to Repentance
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.